Strachan's dilemma over Marshall loan

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan admits he is in a quandary about the possibility of allowing second-string keeper David Marshall to go on loan to Norwich City.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan admits he is in a quandary about the possibility of allowing second-string keeper David Marshall to go on loan to Norwich City.

He said: "Peter Grant spoke to me about one or two players and I said I would get back to him later on.

"David Marshall needs games of football but we need David Marshall so that's the problem that we've got.

"I know how important it is to get David games but he also understands that we need good keepers and he is a top goalkeeper.

"I'm caught thinking, 'What do we do here? What's the best for the club and the best for David?' and I'm trying to get that right.”

As the January transfer window gets into full swing, the Parkhead club have already lost midfielders Stephen Pearson in a £750,000 deal to Derby and Alan Thompson to Leeds for the rest of the season.

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Strachan, however, remains optimistic about persuading midfielder Shaun Maloney to extend his contract at Parkhead beyond the end of the season.

He said: "I spoke to Shaun a couple of days ago and he confirmed that he is desperate to stay here.

"But he's also got a value that he thinks he's worth which is understandable.

"We just need to get the two parties together and work out an agreement which keeps both parties happy.

"But I keep getting reassured by the conversations that I have with Shaun.”